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A disease of herbivores, especially sheep, caused by the presence of larvae of the tapeworm Taenia multiceps in the brain and resulting in a staggering gait. Also called sturdy.
[Back-formation from giddy.]
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(Veterinary Science) a disease of sheep characterized by an unsteady gait and staggering, caused by infestation of the brain with tapeworms (Taenia caenuris)
[C17: back formation from giddy]
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a disease of sheep characterized by a staggering gait, caused by infestation of the brain and spinal cord with larvae of the tapeworm Multiceps multiceps.
[1550–60; back formation from giddy]
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